Earth Force staff and partners offer the Earth Force Process that is delivered via a cutting edge professional development program designed to train and support educators as they use service-learning and action civics with youth in their community. Local support helps educators connect to the community, creating hands-on learning experiences for youth.
The Earth Force Process is a six-step instructional model that combines the best of action civics, service-learning, and STEM learning. Youth work together to design and implement a project that explores root causes and addresses an issue that they care about in their school or community. Along the way, they learn to influence local policy and community practice by conducting balanced research, building strong community partnerships, and making decisions as a democratic group.
Earth Force staff provide professional development to local partners and support them in offering the Earth Force Process in their communities. Working with key partners, we are able to engage thousands of youth in addressing environmental issues and build capacity within each community at the same time.
How It Works:
Supported by local partners and experts, educators use the Earth Force Process curriculum to incorporate service-learning and civic action into the classroom.
STEP ONE // INVENTORY
Youth will observe issues and strengths in their community.
STEP TWO // ISSUE SELECTION
Youth will use democratic decision-making to choose one of their issues to address.
STEP THREE // RESEARCH
Youth will learn all they can about their issue and come up with a policy or practice related to it that they would like to change.
STEP FOUR // GOAL AND STRATEGY SELECTION
Youth will choose a strategy that they will implement to address their issue.
STEP FIVE // TAKING ACTION
Youth will create and implement the strategy they’ve chosen.
STEP SIX // REFLECTING, GOING PUBLIC, AND PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
Youth will reflect on the Earth Force Process and think about how their project will be maintained.
Earth Force also offers professional development on specific content topics using the Earth Force Process:
● The Energy Toolkit provides supplemental activities that frame the Earth Force Process around energy.
● The Health Equity Toolkit addresses the four social determinants of health, food access and security, transportation, recreation, and clean and safe environment, through the Earth Force Process.
● Protecting Our Watershed takes the Earth Force Process and builds exciting, hands-on science programs around watershed assessment and improvement.
Register for a Professional Development in your community here.